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    I'm looking to buy one of these that has a backrest, and doesn't force me to put my feet on a bar (in other words, I can put them on the floor ).

    So far I've found this Gator model, which seems to fit the bill, but I have no idea if it's any good. I'd appreciate any comments on it, or suggestions for others.

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    Unless you really expect to lean back I would recommend getting a quality piano bench.

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    You don’t say if you want it for gigs or just home use. This Rockville is a great choice if you need it for gigs or portability. It’s only $60 and it’s comfortable for home use as long as your beam isn’t too broad.

    Rockville RDS40


    Also consider drum thrones. The good ones are solid, durable, and comfortable. Gibraltar makes a nice one with backrest.

    On stage where I play twice a week, I have a commercial version of the Fender style bar stool but stronger and higher, with two circumferential rungs (higher for foot rest and lower for strength), and a thick padded seat. You might like the 24” single rung version sold by Fender, Taylor and others - but the ones sold by the guitar makers are generally flimsier and more expensive that the same stools sold by houseware vendors.

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    It's for home use, so it doesn't have to be ultra-portable. The Rockville looks pretty good, and I'm renowned both for my legato technique and my narrow beam. So I may give it a try.

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    I use an Ikea desk chair with the right arm rest mounted upside down



    It’s so comfortable, I sometimes fall asleep in it…. Especially when playing lullabies for my little one (when she was still small….;-) )


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    I use an Ikea straight wooden chair from Good Will. Works fine for me. I sometimes use the desk chair with fold-back arms.

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    And i use a plain folding wooden chair from Ikea. Put a gel cushion on it and all set well under $50. Classical sit forward, relax back for jazz. Does creak a bit)
    jk

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzkritter
    Does creak a bit
    Are you sure it’s the chair that’s creaking?

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    This topic comes up every now and then; try here and here, and even here. Always great ideas/options that people are using!

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    Someone on the Acoustic Guitar Forum recommended a folding chair called the Flex 1. It's not cheap, and you have to buy lots of 4. It's not attractive either, lol. But I am always looking for a COMFY (on the bottom) seat, with back support (I have been using a keyboard seat for awhile, it's comfy but no back support. And the vinyl makes me sweat).

    Anyway, the same guy who owns the Flex 1 also said Home Depot makes a cheap knock-off that is almost as good. It looks just like the Flex 1, is very comfy, and it only $25. I only got mine a week ago, so I can't give a long-term review...

    sorry, I can't seem to get a picture of it to post here... browser won't let me "save as" or even "open in new window" so I can embed the jpg address...

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-Blac...010P/204269967

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    I use a roc-n-soc with a back rest. Have had it for years. Comfortable and portable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donplaysguitar
    Unless you really expect to lean back I would recommend getting a quality piano bench.
    Quote Originally Posted by rlyacht
    It's for home use, so it doesn't have to be ultra-portable. The Rockville looks pretty good, and I'm renowned both for my legato technique and my narrow beam. So I may give it a try.
    I love vintage furniture too, so I have a beautiful vintage piano stool. Not the one in this photo, but one a lot like it. Swivel is a plus. Relatively easy to find and not too expensive if you hunt for one.

    Guitar seat/stool recommendations-s-l1600-1-jpg

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    I like the Plck’n’Glide. A.K.A. A maternity chair with the arms removed
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    I use a metal folding chair. It is inexpensive, easy to transport and provides good back support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay
    I use an Ikea desk chair with the right arm rest mounted upside down



    It’s so comfortable, I sometimes fall asleep in it…. Especially when playing lullabies for my little one (when she was still small….;-) )

    Sweet pic L J

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    A drum throne (seat) is very nice. They have a wide variety of padding, cost, stability and weight. I had a seat with back rest but found that I really did not need it, unless you have back issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEWCITY
    A drum throne (seat) is very nice. They have a wide variety of padding, cost, stability and weight. I had a seat with back rest but found that I really did not need it, unless you have back issues.

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    I just wanted to add.... for those that may have neck/shoulder issues (back issues have already been addressed)...

    When I use a stool or throne (I had been using a keyboard seat), I tend to not sit up straight, I hunch over the guitar. But whenever I have a chair with a back (even a simple folding chair; it doesn't have to be a fancy office chair with lumbar support or anything), I lean back, and sit up straight. StraightER, anyway. It really helps with my chronic low back, NECK, and SHOULDER issues... which are also linked to my chronic TENSION HEADACHES. I really noticed the difference recently when I bought the Flex chair (in my post above), and immediately realized what I had been doing (without even knowing it, really). It's amazing how much difference a chair can make. Whether it's a armless dining chair or a folding chair, if it's got a back, for me it seems to make quite a difference in how I sit.

    Sure, I could "try to make myself" sit up straight on a stool, but why? I'm trying to pay attention to playing, and if a backed chair helps correct my posture, all the better.

    Just some more food for thought...